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PICKLES UPSET ROGUES IN SERIES OPENER

August 3rd

 

Portland, OR--The Portland Pickles continued their winning ways on Thursday night, this time against the rival Medford Rogues, winning by a final score of 7-2.  After the Rogues jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, the Pickles responded with six unanswered runs, four of them in the bottom of the fifth, en route to the victory.
 
Cooper Webster (2-0) earned the win for the Pickles in his first start of the year. 
He went six innings and allowed two earned runs, striking out nine Rogues batters. Matt Lester and Nick Torres combined for three scoreless innings out of the Pickles bullpen.
 
Zander Clarke paced the Pickles offense with a fourth inning home run and a fifth inning RBI double.  Matt Hardy also had an RBI double in the fifth and Bobby Kinne and Alec Leighton each had two-run singles in the game.  Tyler Stofiel reached base four times, on three walks and a hit-by-pitch, and Daniel Lopez finished with two hits, including a fifth inning double.
 
Cole Percival (4-1), the son of former MLB closer Troy Percival, took the loss, his first in Great West League play.  In 4.2 innings, he allowing five earned runs, walked three batters, and struck out four.
 
Braden Stutzman led the Rogues with a solo home run in the fifth inning and finished with two hits.  Clay Valenzuela-Reece and Alex Isola each also finished with two hits for Medford.
 
The Pickles (30-28) host the Rogues (39-19) again tomorrow night  at Walker Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35, and coverage will start at 7:30. The game can be heard on Sunny 1550 and will be streamed on
picklesbaseball.com.

 



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